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Division of Social Work

College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Email: sowkmail@uwyo.edu

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Division of Social Work

Kirsten Havig

Kristen Havig, Assistant Professor with the Division of Social Work.

Assistant Professor

BA, University of Missouri

MSW, University of South Carolina

PhD, University of Missouri

Contact

khavig@uwyo.edu

Health Sciences 312

(307) 766-3523


Office Hours

By appointment


Research Interests

Trauma and posttraumatic growth, gendered and sexual violence, social justice pedagogy in social work education, and child welfare systems and policy impact,  with a specific focus on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), a form of human trafficking.

Teaching Philosophy

I strive in my teaching to be student-centered, and make great efforts to know students as unique and valued individuals so I can better meet their needs, recognize their strengths, and offer support as needed. I work hard to create a respectful and active classroom, to cultivate student discussion, to promote critical thinking, to engage students with unfamiliar materials, to manage difficult classroom topics (e.g. racism, ethical dilemmas), and to support individual student learning needs. As a social work educator, I also feel it is important to model the critical thinking skills and social work values and ethics that are so key for future practitioners. Foremost among those is the promotion of social justice and the empowerment of others to do the same. I bring both a decade of direct practice experience and a background in community and organizational practice education to my teaching, which allows me to help students make critical connections across levels of social work practice that greatly enhance their real-world application skills.

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College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Email: sowkmail@uwyo.edu

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